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Idiom of the day – They’re a match made in heaven

The English idiom ‘a match made in heaven’ is used to describe a couple who seem absolutely perfect together. They are so suitable for each other that it seems as though their relationship was preordained (arranged in advance) ‘in heaven’.

Olivia: Did you hear that Gerry and Eve have got engaged?

Greta: Yes! Isn’t it cute? I’m so happy for them. They’re so well suited.

Olivia: Yes, they’re such a perfect couple – and on Valentine’s Day too!

Greta: Aah. They’re a match made in heaven, I’d say.

Learn Days, Months, and Seasons

NEW! FREE Podcast – Learn Days, Months, and Seasons – with Matt Purland

Learn Days, Months, and Seasons – with Matt Purland.

In this podcast we learn the vocabulary for days, months, and seasons, and practise the correct pronunciation.

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Learn the English Alphabet - with Matt Purland

NEW! FREE Podcast – Learn the English Alphabet – with Matt Purland

Do you know the English alphabet? It’s time to learn – or revise – the English alphabet!

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Idiom of the day – Better late than never

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We use the English idiom ‘better late than never’ to show that we are relieved that somebody or something is coming, while at the same time expressing annoyance that they or it will be late.

[On the phone:]

Peter: Will you be able to bring my laptop back tonight? I really need it to finish my assignment.

Greta: Sure. I’ll be round at about ten. Will that be alright?

Peter: I’ll probably be asleep by then, Greta!

Greta: Sorry! I won’t be there till at least ten, because I’m working at the club till nine thirty.

Peter: OK. Don’t worry. Better late than never.

Story Planning - My Life Without...

FREE Podcast! Story Planning – My Life Without…

Get your students writing and performing with our brand new free printable worksheets and the accompanying free podcast!

This fun and multifaceted writing activity includes story planning, writing an article or story for a newspaper or magazine, grammar practice in the form of writing wh-questions and yes/no questions, and also group work with students creating, producing, performing, and peer-assessing role plays based on the original stories!

Download the free worksheets below and get your students to use their imaginations on the topic of My Life Without…

Story Planning - My Life Without...

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Elementary English Course - Unit 4 - Family

FREE Podcast: Unit 4 of our Free Elementary English Course is Now Online!

Learn about family vocabulary, question forms, pronouns, and much more!

I talk about the latest unit to be added to our free Elementary English CourseUnit 4.0 – Family. Click below to go there now:

Unit 4.0 Family

The lesson topics are:

4.0 Family (Introduction)
4.1 Wh- Questions
4.2 Yes / No Questions
4.3 Pronouns
4.4 Describing People
4.5 Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous
4.6 Auxiliary Verbs
4.7 Punctuation Marks

Whether you are a teacher or learner of English, I hope you will find this wealth of easy-to-read material helpful and a great reference source.

There are also plenty of exercises to get you thinking – along with a complete answer pack, so you can check your answers.

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Hashtag - Englishness

Want to Know what the English are REALLY Like? Try this Hashtag!

When I started reading some of the tweets on this recent trending topic on Twitter, I knew that I had to share them with you! If you are interested in understanding the true character of English people (which is an awkward combination of shyness, embarrassment, and self-righteousness) check out this hashtag to learn more about our quirky ways!

https://twitter.com/hashtag/VeryBritishOffences

Click below to listen to the podcast and hear my commentary of the following top ten tweets. Don’t forget to watch the video and like Purland Training on Facebook!

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Finally, here’s my contribution to the hashtag: